Specialty grocer Trader Joe’s can sue a Canadian man doing business as Pirate Joe’s for trademark infringement in federal court in Washington state, a U.S. appeals court held Friday, reversing a judge in Seattle who said she had no jurisdiction over the action.
The unanimous three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with Trader Joe’s attorneys at the California Appellate Law Group and O’Melveny & Myers, who argued that Pirate Joe’s proprietor Michael Hallatt had created a sufficient “nexus” with U.S. commerce to allow the lawsuit to proceed. Hallatt is represented by Dorsey & Whitney.
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